Located only 40 minutes northeast of Kamloops is the mountain resort municipality of Sun Peaks, home to Sun Peaks Resort, British Columbia’s second largest all-season mountain resort. Known for skiing and snowboarding in the winter months, summer provides many adventures including a unique and challenging golf course.
The 18-hole, par 72 Graham Cooke-designed course is centred along the valley floor amongst three surrounding mountains, Tod, Sundance, and Morrisey. The course provides many risk/reward opportunities for all skill levels and, at 1,200 metres, the 6,400 yard course is British Columbia’s highest. Bonuses of elevation are that your ball flies longer, plus the higher mountain air provides relief from hot summer days; Sun Peaks is often 10 degrees cooler than Kamloops.
The front nine was constructed back in 1996 and range from the short 122 yard, par three hole 7 to the difficult, uphill 500 yard hole 6. The front nine require delicate accuracy, due to the narrow fairways. Some even suggest keeping the driver in the bag and sticking to the irons.
The back nine, completed in late 2005, are a terrific complement to the challenges of the front. More open, more forgiving, and for most, more opportunities for lower scores. Hole 12 is the back nine’s most difficult, with a dogleg to the right that requires an accurate shot from the tee followed by another good approach shot.
The signature hole honour goes to the short par four, hole 16, with its terrific views of homes and village below and Mt. Morrisey facing you. The 16th tee sits at 1,333 metres (4,353 feet) - BC's highest - and the elevated tee box commands a feeling of empowerment. For those seeking immediate reward, you can drive the green.
Sun Peaks Resort is ideal for golfers travelling with family or friends with varied interests. There are many activities to choose from: take a scenic chairlift ride to mid-mountain, spot the wildlife, mountain bike, hike, canoe, shop, dine, or take in the many festivals held throughout the summer. Be sure to check out the colourful alpine blossoms that are in full bloom by mid-July.
Sun Peaks Resort offers a variety of lodging options to fit any budget, from village hotels, luxurious suites, and beautiful vacation homes. It's a true mountain getaway!